Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defends content moderation policies while criticizing TikTok's censorship
Author: Business Insider, Published on: 21 October 2019
“Mark Zuckerberg just slammed China for allegedly censoring Hong Kong protest videos on TikTok: 'Is that the internet we want?'”, 18 October 2019
Mark Zuckerberg… the Facebook CEO delivered a rare public speech at Georgetown University.
Specifically, Zuckerberg said that the Chinese government has forced TikTok, the very popular viral video app based in the country, to censor messages of support for the Hong Kong protests.
"… the China-based app growing quickly around the world, mentions of these same protests are censored, even here in the US," Zuckerberg said…
TikTok, for its part, issued a statement in response to Zuckerberg's comments…
"Our content and moderation policies are led by our US-based team and are not influenced by any foreign government. The Chinese government does not request that TikTok censor content, and would not have jurisdiction regardless, as TikTok does not operate there. To be clear: We do not remove videos based on the presence of Hong Kong protest content."
Zuckerberg's speech was a defense of Facebook's policies on content moderation, which the CEO aimed to tie to the importance of the First Amendment in the US. He framed Facebook as a tool for expanding free expression that widens the number of people across the globe with a public platform…
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